Fine Fellow

“Fine Fellow” is an original, handcut paper/mixed media collage on 5×7 watercolor paper.

I love vintage advertising. I could go through old magazines for hours. One of my favorite parts of an old magazine is the classified section at the back – amazing to look back on all of the offers, the work from home schemes, the free samples, the patterns, the monogrammed gifts! Even better than an old magazine, though, is an old catalog. I found a 1937 Montgomery Ward catalog at an estate sale a while back. It is not in the greatest shape, but I am certainly enjoying almost 800 pages of household goods, clothing, and just about anything else you would have needed to set up house in 1930s America.

I hand-colored the key images in this piece, from the men’s clothing pages of the catalog. A yawning man in pajamas, and some fancy, cuffed trousers. I think he’s a fine fellow, indeed. So, when I came across a little clipping that I had from an old children’s book, with the quote: “What a fine fellow!” said the Squirrel, I knew that it belonged in this work, as well. Some other vintage ephemera make up the background, including colored images from a science book.